preserve

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/prɪˈz3ːrv/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/prɪˈzɝv/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pri zûrv)


Inflections of 'preserve' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
preserves
v 3rd person singular
preserving
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
preserved
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
preserved
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

preserve

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. preserve [meat, fish, fruit, vegetables]
  2. preserve in [salt, frozen storage, the freezer]
  3. preserved by [salt, vinegar, ice]
  4. preserve it with [salt]
  5. used salt to preserve [meat, fish, foods]
  6. preserve in [tins, jams, jars]
  7. [freeze, can, salt, vacuum-pack] to preserve
  8. [frozen, vacuum-packed] to preserve (it, freshness)
  9. [meticulously, carefully, magnificently] preserved
  10. preserve [game, wildlife, marine animals, the whales]
  11. preserved to [maintain, ensure, protect, provide]
  12. preserve [records, statues, artefacts, monuments, ancient manuscripts]
  13. preserve your [rights, liberties, freedom]
  14. preserve a sense of [humor, fun, menace]
n
  1. [strawberry, peach] preserves
  2. [make, can] preserves (at home)
  3. spread preserves [over, on]
  4. a [nature, wildlife, forest, woodland] preserve
  5. [visit, hunt on] the [nature] preserve
  6. a [nature] preserve for [deer, wolves, bears]
  7. [protect, maintain, monitor] the [nature] preserve
  8. normally the preserve of the [rich, wealthy, famous]
  9. [politics, soccer] is no longer a male preserve
  10. is (still) the preserve of [men, women, specialists]
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